November 8, 2008
The Republicans are not known for avoiding fallacious thought, but Josh Patashnik points out a whopper:
Is Barack Obama a socialist? Well, let’s see. His campaign platform makes no mention of proletarian revolution or nationalization of industry, and he trumpets his belief that “America’s free market has been the engine of America’s great progress. It’s created a prosperity that is the envy of the world.” Not quite Leninesque. On the other hand, Tom DeLay has made a logically rigorous counter-argument sure to convince second-graders everywhere: “I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist.” No word on whether DeLay proceeded to put his fingers in his ears and hum loudly.
Another good one I heard was Obama gets criticized (as he should have been) because for twenty years he regularly attended a coo-coo church. Therefore he is a Muslim. John McCain, on the other hand, is (ridiculously) critcized for never attending church. Therefore he is a Christian.